Four Small Towns in Colorado
Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
14Trip End Sep 2008
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I wanted to stay another night but our condo was already rented so we moved on to a town called Ouray, Colo. Pronounced Your-ray. It was also a mining town turned tourist town. It's claim to fame is a huge hot springs pool. They have to add cold water to it or it is too hot. They had three pools connected by stairs so you could move from one to the other. One pool is 94 degrees, 104 degrees, and 125 degrees. Feels really good after a hike. It had a slide. No older people were lining up to go down the slide but, of course, I did. Which suddenly encouraged others to join in even H. Adults just need a little encouragement to have fun. This town also had a really good small museum about mining, health care in the early 1900, food preparation, and other mundane topics that I find interesting.
The third little town was Crested Butte. It was also a mining town turned ski town. It has an edgier reputation than Telluride. They do extreme sports there. Our extreme event was hiking up a 12,000 foot mountain
Today, after the hike, we drove to Glenwood Springs. This town also has hikes and a hot springs. It's a place we had been to before. When Jess was 13 we came here. That time we camped along the Colo. river with a view across the river to the train that hugged the mountain side and did a hike to Hanging Lake. We did a hotel this time but we did the same hike because it was memorable from 14 years ago. It's short 2.4 miles round trip, but, again it is up. After climbing 1.2 mile up there is this lake with a falls gently falling into it. The lake is the most beautiful greens and blues. It's indescribable. We hiked up a little father and could go behind the waterfall that fed the lake. A most memorable hike. Back down we took the bike path along the Colo. river. What a nice path. Even though it follows I-70, it is protected from the highway, with views to the canyon and the river all the way. The prize for the effort in the morning was the Glenwood springs pool. We didn't do the pool 14 years ago with Jessica. It's bigger than a football field and has a definite mineral smell like sulfur. Lots of salt too because you can float well. We're feeling very rejuvenated.
A person could do a whole month in Colorado there are so many places that are so very different. Mesa Verde so different from the cooler mountains father north. Deep canyons and lots of small cute towns with a variety of activities. Coloradoans are the most fit I have heard. You can see why when outdoor things are so evident everywhere.